UK, Irish golf community to host first ‘Golf and Health Week’

A new social media effort to promote the health benefits of participating in golf will be held April 15-19 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Golf and Health Week” is jointly sponsored by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, and the Golf Foundation. The national golf associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are also participating.

Built around the hashtag “#GolfHealthWeek,” golfers are encouraged to share their golfing stories and use the hashtag to help drive interest. Sponsors are also encouraging lapsed golfers and nongolfers to give the sport a try during Easter week.

The week is being broken into different health-related themes, with Monday (April 15) focused on fitness, Tuesday on the mental health benefits of golfing, Wednesday on opportunities for the disabled to participate, Thursday on how golf can fight loneliness, and Good Friday being devoted to encouraging participation at local clubs.

In a March 19 announcement, the R&A said that research has shown that golfers tend to live longer than non-golfers, and cited evidence that golf helps prevent heart disease. Read the announcement here.

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